Thursday, June 11, 2009

Why Oh Why Can't We Have A Better Blogosphere? (Brad DeLong Crash-and-Burn Edition)

I like Brad DeLong and often agree with what he has to say, but he can be a pretty big dick (for lack of a better term), especially about the press*.

* Some recent headlines include: "We Need to Be Who We Can Be--and That Means We Need to Not Listen to the LIkes of Thomas Friedman and Richard Cohen", "New York Times Crashed-and-Burned-and-Smoking Watch (David Brooks Edition)", "Washington Post Crashed, Burned, and Smoking Watch: Charles Krauthammer", etc.

Which is why I couldn't help but find funny Judge Richard Posner's critique of DeLong's review of Posner's most recent book. One can only imagine what DeLong would say if someone made factual errors like he did. And notice that he still hasn't even made the corrections to his blog post, even after people pointed them out.:

I am not in fact "leader of the Chicago School of Economics" and I am not a judge of the Fourth Circuit**. (Later in his review DeLong calls me "one of America's leading public intellectuals," with "very wide" influence--both of which statements are incorrect***.)

** Posner's on the Second Circuit, FYI.
*** Yes, part modesty/self-deprecation by Posner, but, still, he's got a point.

To borrow (and slightly modify) a phrase from DeLong, Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Blogosphere?

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